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Recognizing the Right Time for an Oil Change: A Complete Guide

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Know when to get your oil changed—without the oil change indicators.

Keeping your Toyota's oil in proper condition has a variety of benefits. From extending your car's longevity and reducing your risk of stalling or breaking down, especially in warm weather, staying on top of your car's oil maintenance schedule will keep your Toyota moving forward.

Not sure how to know when it's time for an oil change? Keep an eye out for these tell-tale signs.

Dashboard Light Turns On

Is the “teapot” light on your dashboard on? This could mean trouble. Many vehicles that do not have oil change indicators will instead light up the “check engine” light—which could indicate a serious issue.

Long Distance Driving

Your oil will slowly degrade over miles, so if you’ve taken a major trip or put more miles on than usual, you might be due for an oil change.

Smoke From Car

If you see what looks like smoke trailing behind your vehicle, it could mean there’s a problem with your oil, or a lack of oil.

Odd Noises or Sounds

Quick and constant changes in your oil level could indicate a more serious problem with your oil system.

If your engine makes a knocking sound while the vehicle is in motion, it could mean an issue with your oil system. If you hear a ticking noise while your engine warms up, it could mean the oil is struggling to make its way through the engine.

Shaking and Vibrations

When your oil needs a change, your Toyota might start working extra hard to get you from point A to point B. If you feel vibrations or shaking motions when you idle, it could be time for a change.

Have you experienced any of these oil change symptoms? Find your nearest Toyota dealer and schedule your service today!

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